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The Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award, established in 2005, is presented on an annual basis to honor excellence in the field of education related to sleep medicine and research. This award is given to an investigator for an outstanding effort in disseminating basic or clinical sleep and circadian research as a mentor, teacher or through public education. This award honors one educator whose contributions can include training of others who have contributed to sleep or circadian research, writings that educate others in sleep or circadian research or administration and organization of teaching efforts in sleep or circadian research. The call for nominations occurs in early August with a deadline of November 1. The award is presented each year at SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
To nominate someone, download the SRS Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award Nomination Form. Complete the form and email it to the SRS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, annually.
Download Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award Nominations Form
Jodi A. Mindell, PhD
Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, has been a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) since 1989. Dr. Mindell is a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University and the associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also an adjunct professor of pediatrics (psychology) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mindell received her doctorate from the University of Albany and completed her internship at Brown University School of Medicine. She has mentored 5 post-doctoral fellows, 22 psychology interns, 25 psychology practicum students, and more than 60 graduate students. Dr. Mindell is an associate editor for the journal SLEEP and is on the editorial board of the journal Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She has served on the board of directors of the Sleep Research Society and the National Sleep Foundation.
Receiving this award is an incredible honor, especially given that it is named after my remarkable mentor, Dr. Mary Carskadon. Mary has always been my sleep hero, and she is the one who introduced me to this great organization and group of individuals. I am happy to count her as a true friend.
For me, sleep education is not just about students and trainees, but also about practitioners and the public. Whether through conference presentations, journal articles, books, or resources for parents, I consider myself fortunate to be able to be a part of this important field of study. I have also been able to work globally, and want to thank my many colleagues, especially those in the Asia Pacific Pediatric Sleep Alliance, who have invited me into their world.
This award could not have been possible without the contributions of my incredible colleagues and trainees, such as Avi Sadeh, Judy Owens, Lisa Meltzer, Melisa Moore, Carole Marcus, and many others. These amazing people have taught me so much.
Finally, I want to thank my family, including my parents who have been my biggest fans, and my husband, Scott, and daughter, Caelie, for their love and support.
2015 - Daniel J. Buysse, PhD
2014 - Michael Chase, PhD
2013 - Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC and Robert W. McCarley, MD
2012 - Thomas Roth, PhD
2011 - Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD
2010 - Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD
2009 - David F. Dinges, PhD
2008 - Richard Bootzin, PhD
2007 - Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
2006 - William Dement, MD, PhD
2005 - Mary Carskadon, PhD